• 2010 season

Button not predicting regular wins

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jenson Button celebrates his win in Melbourne © Sutton Images
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Jenson Button is not expecting to repeat his race-winning Australian Grand Prix performance at the coming rounds of the championship.

He won the rain-affected race after an early change to slick tyres promoted him to second and race-leader Sebastian Vettel spun off with a wheel nut failure. Despite a faultless drive for most of the grand prix, Button has warned he will not be in the running for race wins in normal conditions until his team addresses the MP4-25's weaknesses.

"I think the conditions helped us in this race, definitely," Button is reported as saying by ITV. "We're not in the position to go to the next two or three races and walk away with victories, so we've got to enjoy this moment and think that we've got some good points when we're not the quickest and we've got to work on the areas where we think we're weak. We're doing that right now and I think that every race we go to from here we will be closer and closer to the front when it comes to qualifying and hopefully race pace is pretty much there now."

Button said he was unsure whether he would have beaten Vettel if the Red Bull had not gone into the gravel trap on lap 25.

"I was catching him initially and it was strange - he would start pulling away and I would start pulling him in," Button said. "Then the team said 'you are going to try and do the whole race on these tyres, 45, 50 laps', and I thought we will back off a little bit and see where we are. From previous experience, I don't know if it is the case now, but the Red Bulls have been quite tough on their rear tyres. If he had stayed in the race there are always ifs and buts and we don't know how he would have ended up."